According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) report, on Sept 18, at about 9:55 p.m., CCSO responded, along with the Orofino Ambulance and Rescue 3, to a single vehicle accident in the area of Crow Bench Road.
It was later determined a vehicle rolled off the top of Crow Bench, and down the embankment, almost to Berry Drive.
John Balthrop, 53, of Arizona, had stepped out of the vehicle before it rolled over the bank, while his wife, La Rinda, was in the passenger’s seat.
They had been driving a white 2021 Ford F150, company pickup.
La Rinda was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Clearwater Valley Hospital, by ambulance, with serious injuries. John received more minor injuries, while trying to stop the vehicle, and ended up being charged with Driving Under the Influence.